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there was time off and there was money lost. we're not looking for another extension of six months and we hope that in our future projects, this is not prejudiced against the other. >> were you the persian that -- were you the person that person and delivered the paper? >> i went down there on friday morning and i originally went to the building department and they told me that i had to go to the office. they notified that he would give me authorization and one of his
staff gave me to post it note. as i was leaving, i said, are you going to let them know that i am coming. the gentlemen who gave me the note said yes. he said i will call over right now. he said, bring this with you. i said, okay. i walked over there and we issued the permit and i showed them all of the documentation i was given. they said that it says five months and they told me for months over the phone. this is what ever they granted us. i went to the process and a photocopied everything and i kept all of the originals. we received the notice on the following monday. >> did you ask the question why
you only got four months? >> i literally grab the note and i had been waiting there since about 8:30 or 9 so i got the note and i said will you let them know that i'm coming to the offices. as i was walking out, he was on the phone and we granted them the amount of time and she is on her way over. >> when you took it over and showed five months, and you paid and received a permit for four months, did you question the permit? >> no, they give it to me and i did not even look at it. initially i had verbally requested five months and i asked if there is any reason and they said that -- and we don't
allow longer than that. >> they told that they don't allow five months. >> yes, they told me that. >> is there any public comment? >> this is a situation where you want to deal with these issues, however, staff was able to identify the documents and the note did say five months. i know for a fact that i did that change the notation and it was in pencil.
this is a very sensitive area. what we're trying to do is to balance this. that is why we reduced this for months. as i stated in this case, the applicant did go to the park and did ask for the five months. this is only because the staff was contacted and some verification was made before the permit was issued. had no verification been made, this would have been done based upon the note. this was a discrepancy and somehow the note changed. we do know that this was in the
december 3rd and then we removed the permit on the shift and did not put them back up. the 24th when we received a notice from your office stating that the revocation was suspended. according to what was issued, this is only good until december 3rd. this is 19 days. >> you are using this as the you have a permit. >> they don't want to establish for the future. the whole situation has run away with itself which is why
resolution outside of this arena might have been easier. i am here and we filed the appeal because this is not in our company's interests or my interest and this was an effort to come here and make this statement. i agree that there is a discrepancy. i have never run into an issue before. >> is is finished on december 3rd. >> at that point, we cannot renew a space.
we might be able to apply for an application but based on previous construction companies, you can live on the building replacement. it's a challenge on whether to go to the same process or whether that will be committed -- admitted. we wanted to resolve this so we would not be prejudiced going forward and all that. b>> commissioners, the matter is yours.
>> here we are at the embarcadero. we are standing at one of locations for the street artists. can you tell me about this particular location, the program? >> this location is very significant. this was the very first and only location granted by the board of supervisors for the street artist when the program began in 1972. how does a person become a street artist? there are two major tenants. you must make the work yourself and you must sell the work yourself.
a street artist, the license, then submitting the work to a committee of artists. this committee actually watches them make the work in front of them so that we can verify that it is all their own work. >> what happened during the holiday to make this an exciting location? >> this would be a magic time of year. you would probably see this place is jammed with street artists. as the no, there is a lottery held at 6 in the morning. that is how sought after the spaces are. you might get as many as 150 street artists to show up for 50 spaces. >> what other areas can a licensed street artist go to? >> they can go to the fisherman's wharf area. they can go in and around union square. we have space is now up in the
castro, in fact. >> how many are there? >> we have about 420. >> are they here all year round? >> out of the 420, i know 150 to sell all year round. i mean like five-seven days a week. >> are they making their living of of this? >> this is their sole source of income for many. >> how long have you been with this program. how much has it changed? >> i have been with the program since it began 37 and a half years ago but i have seen changes in the trend. fashion comes and goes. >> i think that you can still find plenty of titis perhaps. >> this is because the 60's is retro for a lot of people. i have seen that come back, yes.
>> people still think of this city as the birth of that movement. great, thank you for talking about the background of the program. i'm excited to go shopping. >> i would like you to meet two street artists. this is linda and jeremy. >> night said to me to print them -- nice to meet you. >> can you talk to me about a variety of products that use cell? >> we have these lovely constructed platters. we make these wonderful powder bowls. they can have a lot of color. >> york also using your license.
-- you are also using your license. >> this means that i can register with the city. this makes sure that our family participated in making all of these. >> this comes by licensed artists. the person selling it is the person that made it. there is nothing better than the people that made it. >> i would like you to meet michael johnson. he has been in the program for over 8 years. >> nice to me you. what inspired your photography? >> i am inspired everything that i see. the greatest thing about being a photographer is being able to show other people what i see.
i have mostly worked in cuba and work that i shot here in san francisco. >> what is it about being a street artist that you particularly like? >> i liked it to the first day that i did it. i like talking to mentum people. talking about art or anything that comes to our minds. there is more visibility than i would see in any store front. this would cost us relatively very little. >> i am so happy to meet you. i wish you all of the best. >> you are the wonderful artist that makes these color coding. >> nice to me to. >> i have been a street artist since 1976.
>> how did you decide to be a street artist? >> i was working on union square. on lunch hours, i would be there visiting the artist. it was interesting, exciting, and i have a creative streak in me. it ranges from t-shirts, jackets, hats. what is the day of the life of a street artist? >> they have their 2536 in the morning. by the end of the day, the last people to pack the vehicle probably get on their own at 7:30 at night. >> nice to me to condemn the -- nice to meet you. >> it was a pleasure to share this with you. i hope that the bay area will
>> around me what you see is an exhibition bien asian american women artist association. one of my favorites is cheers to muses which is a variety of sculpture, paintings and photographs in which the artists not only show their own work but talk about the muses who inspired them. coming up we have a variety of exhibitions celebrating diversity and performances and every first thursday we have an opening in our main gallery. >> what kinds of organizations utilize your affordable space progr program? >> there's a huge range. last week des president clinton
divas had a drag fashion show. the united states of asian american festival has events here every career as does the national career arts festival. in recent years homies organizing the empower youth had one of their first large scale neighborhood events. >> i think of it as multi-generational i see artists who are emerging and young and community members that may be from in college to, you know, some of the old-timers that have been around a long time. i think that is special about this organization. >> it shows work by more than 1,000 bay area visual artists each year and collaborates through the programs with between 60 and 90 nonprofit cultural organizations each year. we host weekly figure drawing sessions every saturday morning. there is an accurate dojo with
classes they nights a week and people can drop in. we have a free drop-in print maki making class. and print making workshops for adults a want to learn the craft. we have an open studio. >> how do you see it as distinguishing itself as a unique place and organization? >> i was just reading an interview with elizabeth streb and she was talking about her vision for the spaces of the future being rather than being warehouse spaces, being a space where all kinds of participation on all levels is possible. i think this is already that space where artists at all levels of experience can be innovators, risk takers, learn about other cultures, find something unexpected and we are a true alternative space in that we are welcoming to everyone.